Sunday Ride, April 29, 2012

Dear Friends,

Sorry to be so late getting the word out, but we do have a lovely ride scheduled for Sunday.  For those of you who stay over in Warrenton after the 300K, it's only a 20-minute drive to Sunday's ride start in Brandy Station :-) 

Here are the dirty details:

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012

"PORK BARREL CENTURY," starting from the Park & Ride, 14064 Alanthus Road, Brandy Station, Virginia.  **MEETING TIME 8:00 a.m.**.  This is a new and improved version of a ride that we used to do starting from Remington.  By moving the ride start a few miles south, we're able to include a dependable morning rest stop (sad to say we haven't found the Rapidan Trading Post open in years) and add some interesting roads and hills to the route.  The ride begins heading south over quite mellow terrain.  After the first rest stop in Unionville, we start heading west and encounter hillier terrain on our way to Rapidan.  As we enter Madison County we'll be treated to beautiful mountain views and some "stimulating" ups & downs on the way to lunch in Madison, where we can choose between fine dining at the Madison Inn, pit-cooked barb-b-que at the Pig & Steak, or country fare at the Mountaineer Café.  Great views of the Blue Ridge after lunch.  Afternoon rest stop at the good ol' Reva Market.  A purrfect century – 100.0 miles.  Cued short options are a 10-mile shortcut to lunch and a 5.5 mile shortcut in the afternoon.  More possibilities if you know your roads or carry a map :-).  Estimated elevation gain 6500 feet.  Here's the link to the detailed RWGPS map:

As usual, please download and print out your own cue sheet and GPS file for Sunday's ride directly from the DCCenturyRides blog,  Just click on "Cue Sheets" (on the left side of the page), and you'll find them there!  If you're unable to print the cue sheet yourself, let me know and I'll bring a hard copy to the ride start for you.  I won't be bringing extra copies of cue sheets to the ride start unless you email me directly and advise me that you're unable to print out your own.  Please don't try to use the so-called "cue sheet" that appears on the left side of the RWGPS map!

Directions to the ride start:

Park & Ride, 14064 Alanthus Road, Brandy Station, Virginia.

From I-495, take I-66 West 21 miles to Exit 43A (Gainesville/Warrenton).  Take US29 south about 30 miles and turn R onto Alanthus Road at the flashing traffic light.  The Park & Ride is on your left.